Hear Jeremy Irons Read T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Naming of Cats’ (For a Limited Time)

Briefly noted: For a limited time (for the next 23 days, to be precise), you can hear Jeremy Irons reading “The Naming of Cats,” a poem from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939). The poem will certainly sound familiar to anyone who has ever seen Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Cats.

As a bonus, if you revisit this post in our archive, you can hear Eliot, himself, reading poems from the very same collection. And this other Open Culture post features Eliot’s own cover design for Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. What angle haven’t we covered?

The clip above comes courtesy of BBC Radio 4.

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